Hey there! Sorry for my lack of posts, wedding are a ton of work and we are now getting down to the wire! Over the next few weeks I have a few posts planned to show all my DIY/Crafty wedding elements and how I made them for our big day.
First up we have all the wonderful wedding stationary pieces our invites and RSVP’s.
We did a lot of searches before we found what we wanted, I have at least 10 designs on my computer that I started but scrapped when I found something I liked more. My future hubby has been a trooper letting me design, tweak and change my mind fifty million times with this one. I will do my best to break down the price at the end so you can decide if this DIY is for you so lets get started!
Materials needed for invitations:
A design for both your invitation and RSVP.
A printer, We have an HP desk-jet 2512.
Ink for your printer and plenty of it!
Heavy card stock we found ours here and at our local Hobby Lobby.
Plenty of time and some friends to help cut them!
Okay lets get started! First you are going to need a design, this is where you should start. If you are looking for something quick you can find some really nice ones that need no Photoshop here. If you are savvy with Photoshop you can make your own like we did. You can also check etsy for custom ones you can print at home, we saw some nice ones for around $50.
After you design, buy, or download your design grab your heavy cardstock and make sure your printer is ready with plenty of ink. We went through a good bit of paper doing our test prints but only ran out of ink once. Make sure you do a few test prints this is very important so you don’t waste ink and paper printing them all only to find a mistake. We got a few different kinds of paper to see which looked best but ended up with white textured card stock. Keep in mind different paper will absorb the ink in different ways, my advice is to do a color swatch then your design on each kind of paper.
I used the printing feature from Photo Gallery for our RSVP’s and Photoshop’s print setting for our Invitation. Print extra you never know what will happen I had a few with weird spots and accidentally ripped one while cutting.
Cutting them all out was definitely the time consuming part, I did it by myself while Future Hubby was napping. It took me about 3 hours just do cut our my RSVP cards, This is where your wedding party would be handy if you had more than one cutting tool.
Here was our end result a lovely stack of card that cost me less.
We already had a printer and some of the ink so this is just what we spent.
Design: Free! We made it.
Paper Cutters: I had a coupon for both so it was $22.75
So our total cost ended up being less than $100! If we had to buy the ink we had on hand it would have been roughly $115. When we shopped online we were a lot closer to $300 or more for just invitations alone! We would defintly do this over if we had to it was worth having the extra wiggle room in our small budget. Please let me know if you have any questions and thanks for reading!!